As a reminder, here’s a link to my big board to understand where I’d draft guys, with a more detailed explanation of my grade on them.
I have mostly not commented on picks that fall below an A or B, as I consider them players who have a value of $3 million a year or less, which considering there would be players available who have a value of atleast $6 million per year, makes them a bust.
4.103 Cardinals – WR Hakeem Butler A – absolute steal. Butler is the best receiver in the draft. He has some Randy Moss about him. A freak athlete for his size, he has good understanding of how to exploit space, and can make tough catches.
4.104 Bengals – QB Ryan Finley. C. Finley will be a great backup with starter potential, so while the Bengals could’ve addressed another position, this might be a sound investment to either play understudy to Andy Dalton, who is 31, or trading him for a QB needy time like they did with AJ McCarron.
4.105 Raiders – DE Maxx Crosby D
4.106 Bucs – DE Anthony Nelson F
4.107 Giants – CB Julian Love A – Love was on of the best corners on the board, and the Giants desperately needed help there after puzzlingly trading away former top 10 pick Eli Apple to the Saints. They also need tot hink about life after Janoris Jenkins.
4.108 Colts – SS Khari Willis F
4.109 Niners – P Mitch Wishnowsky F
4.110 Falcons – CB Kendall Sheffield F
4.111 Washington – RB Bryce Love B – Washington are stacked at running back in my opinion. They took the top one in the draft last year in Derrius Guice, who is recovering from an ACL tear but will make some waves this season I expect. They also have an elite receiving back in Chris Thompson when he’s healthy, and of course the steamroller Adrian Peterson who still brings some punch. Love is a Pro-Bowl candidate from day one, so he’s great value at this point in the draft, but I would’ve looked at another position first. For instance they need more interior o-line help.
4.112 Ravens – RB Justice Hill B – a little undersized to be an every down back but while Mark Ingram breaks down the defence between the tackles, Hill can come in and run away from them.
4.113 Vikings – G Dru Samia F
4.114 Panthers – ILB Christian Miller F
4.115 Titans – ILB Amani Hooker D
4.116 Lions – OLB Austin Bryant D
4.117 Pats – G Hjalte Froholdt F
4.118 Browns – SS Sheldrick Redwine A – Redwine is a starter – level player from day one, and the Browns needed a strong safety badly.
4.119 Seahawks – WR Gary Jennings F
4.120 Jets – TE Trevon Wesco F
4.121 Steelers – RB Benny SNell B – Snell is a big dude who can move really well, and will be a nice complement to James Connor.
4.122 Ravens – G Ben Powers F
4.123 Seahawks – G Phil Haynes A – I have Haynes as a top 10 guard in the draft who can start from day one. The Seahawks desperately need him on the interior too.
4.124 Bengals – DT Renell Wren F
4.125 Bears – WR Riley Ridley D
4.126 Ravens – CB Iman Marshall F
4.127 Cowboys – RB Tony Pollard F
4.128 Raiders – CB Isaiah Johnson F
4.129 Chargers – ILB Drue Tranquil C
4.130 Washington – G Wes Martin F
4.131 Seahawks – FS Ugo Amadi F
4.132 Pats – QB Jarrett Stidham F
4.133 Rams – DT Greg Gaines A – it’s these kind of picks that make me think the Rams are on top of things in a big way. Gaines will be an elite A gap player while Aaron Donald tears it up out wide. Gaines is strong against the run and can rarely be pushed off his spot, and has some good hand usage to get into backfield.
4.134 Falcons – DE John Chominsky F
4.135 Bengals – G Michael Jordan F
4.136 Raiders – TE Foster Moreau F
5.137 Cardinals – FS Deionte Thompson A – holy smokes, the Cards are making up for taking Murray and Isabella so early. Thompson is the best free safety in the draft, with single high coverage range, and despite his lean frame can bring the boom against the run. That Cardinals secondary, with Thompson and Budda Baker deep, and Byron Murphy and Pat Pete at corner, is scary good now.
5.138 Jags – RB Ryquell Armstead C – a back who can give Leonard Fournette some rest, as he plays with a similar physical style.
5.139 Steelers – TE Zach Gentry F
5.140 Seahawks ILB Ben Birr-Kurven F
5.141 Giants ILB Ryan Connelly F
5.142 Colts FS Marvell Tell F
5.143 Bucs K Matt Gay F
5.144 Lions – CB Amani Oruwiye D
5.145 Bills – ILB Vosean Joseph C
5.146 Niners – ILB Dre Greenlaw F
5.147 Raiders – WR Hunter Renfrow C
5.148 Packers – DT Kingsley Keke F
5.149 Dolphins – OLB Andrew van ginkel D
5.150 Falcons – RB Qadree Ollison F
5.151 Washington – C Ross Piersbacher F
5.152 Panthers – RB Jordan Scarlett B. McCaffrey might’ve seen basically every snap for the Panthers last season, but they still might need a strong runner to ease he and Cam Newton’s workload. Scarlett brings it, with Jamaal Charles level top speed and solid vision.
5.153 Browns – ILB Mack Wilson C. Man, the Browns were certainly in “best player available” mode with this pick, as they already took Sione Takitaki at the position earlier, and they have Pro-Bowler Joe Schobert and highly paid Christian Kirksey already on the roster in a sub-package heavy league. The Brown could look to move on from the later two with these picks. I don’t like doubling up at the same position with needs elsewhere, but Brown is a very mobile linebacker with some bulk to make an impact against the run.
5.154 Broncos – ILB Justin Hollins F
5.155 Jets – ILB Blake Cashman A – hoowee, the Jets are killing it. They’re already stacked at linebacker with CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson and former first round pick Darron Lee. But Cashman is worth it as the best linebacker in the draft. he has true sideline to sideline coverage, has strength to shed blocks against the run, and can cover extremely well. With Lee such a fast dude, they could move him to safety in sub packages, while Williamson might be traded just one year into his deal.
5.156 Cowboys – CB Michael Jackson A – fills a huge need next to Byron Jones at corner.
5.157 Pats – DE Byron Cowart D
5.158 Ravens – DT Daylon Mack F
5.159 Texans – DE Charles Omenihu D
5.160 Vikings – ILB Cameron Smith F
5.161 Pats – P Jake Bailey F – I like Bailey as both a punter and a kicker, but to take one so early, if at all, is ridiculous. The gap in talent between a good and a bad kicker or punter is far less than the gap in talent between a good corner and a bad corner. Kickers and punters are easier to find. So draft players who will make a larger impact!
5.162 Colts – ILB EJ Speed F
5.163 Cowboys – OLB Joe Jackson F
5.164 Chargers – QB Easton Stick F
5.165 Eagles – QB Clayton Thorson F
5.166 Titans – ILB Deandre Walker F
5.167 Rams – T David Edwards A – I think the Rams win this draft. Edwards can be a long term solution at tackle after Whitworth retires, or play at guard right away.
5.168 Browns – K Austin Seibert F
5.169 Giants – WR Darius Slayton F
5.170 Falcons – CB Jordan Miller F
5.171 Washington – OLB Cole Holcomb A – this selection salvages the draft for Washington. Holcomb compares to Von Miller with his elite speed off the edge, good strength despite his size (although I think Holcomb can continue to gain mass to improve as a run stopper), and has elite speed and fast twitch ability to cover a bit.
6.172 Cardinals – WR Keesean Johnson D
6.173 Steelers – OLB Sutton Smith C
6.174 Niners – TE Kaden Smith C
6.175 Saints – FS Saquon Hampton F
6.176 Jags – QB Gardner Minshew F
6.177 Cards – C Laimont Gaillard F
6.178 Giants – CB Corey Ballentine F
6.179 Bills – FS Jaquan Johnson D
6.180 Bengals – RB Traveon Williams F
6.181 Niners – G Justin Skule D
6.182 Lions – WR Travis Fulgham D
6.183 Packers – CB Kadar Hollmann F
6.184 Lions – RB Ty Johnson F
6.185 Broncos – WR Juwan Winfree F
6.186 Titans – ILB David Long F – well crap there’s two David Longs in the draft. The Rams got the better one.
6.187 Browns – G Drew Forbes D
6.188 Vikings – DT Armon Watts F
6.189 Vikings – SS Marcus Epps F
6.190 Steelers – DT Isaiah Buggs F
6.191 Vikings – G Oli Udoh D
6.192 Packers – RB Dexter Williams F
6.193 Texans – CB Xavier Crawford F
6.194 Jets – CB Blessaun Austin F
6.195 Ravens – QB Trace McSorley C – now move Lamar Jackson to receiver and the Ravens have a TEAM! McSorley is a good playmaker who can make some throws in the pocket as well.
6.196 Niners – FS Tim Harris F
6.197 Colts – DE Gerri Green F
6.198 Chargers – ILB Emi Egbule F
6.199 Chiefs – CB Rashad Fenton D
6.200 Dolphins – T Isaiah Prince A – the Dolphins had a very solid draft, and picking Prince this late is one of the steals of the draft. The Phons no longer have the worst o-line in the league.
6.201 Falcons – WR Marcus Green F
6.202 Seahawks – RB Travis Homer C – the Seahawks don’t really need more running back help but Homer is a good receiver, short yardage back and pass protector.
6.203 Bears – CB Duke Shelley F
6.204 Washington – WR Kelvin Harmon B – nice pick here to make a nice receiving core. Harmon was spoken about as a day one or two pick ,so nice job Washington. Harmon is a great possession guy who can make tough deep catches also despite a lack of top-line speed.
6.205 Steelers – ILB Ulysees Gilbert F
6.206 Bucs – WR Scott Miller F
6.207 Seahawks – DT Demarcus Christmas F
6.208 Bengals – ILB Deshaun Davis A – the Bengals could use another good linebacker outside of Malik Jefferson, and Davis brings it. He plays nasty, and can blow linemen up to run stop. Will need to get better in coverage but he has value as a run stopper alone.
6.209 Bengals – RB Rodney Anderson B – another nice pick, Anderson can be a bell cow back while Joe Mixon makes an impact outside the tackles.
6.210 Panthers – T Dennis Daley B – the Panthers have been rewarded in the past for investing heavily in linemen (eg their Super Bowl run had Andrew Norwell, peak Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner on the interior with adequate tackle players in Michael Oher and Mike Remmers). Bringing Daley gives insurance in case Darryl Williams goes down again.
6.211 Cowboys – S Donovan Wilson F
6.212 Chiefs – RB Darwin Thompson F
7.213 Bucs – DT Terry Beckner Jr A – the top defensive tackle remaining, and while they already have Vita Vea, Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen, Beckner provides depth and a replacement for McCoy if he is released or traded due to his heavy salary cap hit.
7.214 Chiefs – G Nick Allegriti D
7.215 Vikings – CB Kris Boyd A – the Vikings know how to draft corners, backing up Mike Hughes from last year with Boyd this year.
7.216 Cowboys – RB Mike Weber F
7.217 Steelers – T Derwin Gray F
7.218 Texans – FB Cullen Gillaspia F
7.219 Browns – CB Donnie Lewis F
7.220 Bears – RB Kerrith Whyte F
7.221 Bengals – CB Jordan Brown F
7.222 Lions – TE Isaac Nauta F
7.223 Bills – DE Darryl Johnson A – this guy was an unknown to me going into the draft, but having watched some tape, I think he’s the best true 4-3 defensive end in the draft, even in front of Rashan Gary. He played for small North Carolina A&T, but his blend of size (6’6″ with long arms, with potential to fill out more into his 250 pound frame), burst off the line of scrimmage, hand usage to knock away blockers in pass rush, a well-timed spin move, the leverage to move blockers against the run, and discipline to not bite on play action or read options make him a truly underrated prospect and another top 5 steal in the draft. Read this_ article that I made after the draft with my evaluations of players that were drafted but I hadn’t scouted prior to the draft.
7.224 Packers – ILB Ty Summers F
7.225 Washington – CB Jimmy Moreland F
7.226 Bills – TE Tommy Sweeney F
7.227 Lions – DT PJ Johnson F
7.228 Raiders – FS Quinton Bell F
7.229 Saints – TE Alize Mack D
7.230 Giants – T George Asafo-adjei F
7.231 Dolphins – FB Chandler Cox F
7.232 Dolphins – RB Myles Gaskin B – Gaskin is a bit like Justice Hill – a bit undersized to take too many hits between the tackles, but can be a great receiving threat from the running back position. He and Kenyan Drake can make a dynamic duo back there.
7.233 Jags – DT Dontavious Russell F
7.234 Seahawks – WR John Ursua F
7.235 Panthers – WR Terry Godwin F
7.236 Bears – CB Stephen Denmark D
7.237 Vikings – WR Dillon Mitchell F
7.238 Colts – G Jackson Barton D
7.239 Cowboys – ILB Jalen Jelks F
7.240 Chargers – DT Cortez Broughton F
7.241 Rams – FS Nick Scott F
7.242 Saints – OLB Kaden Ellis D
7.243 Giants – DT Chris Slayton F
7.244 Colts – G Javon Patterson F
7.245 Vikings – WR Olabisi Johnson F
7.246 Cardinals – T Joshua Miles D
7.247 Cardinals – DT Michael Dogbe A – I am extremely impressed with the Cardinals front office. Dogbe is a top 5 defensive tackle in the draft who has similar traits to Quinnen Williams, and they picked him up like 200 picks after Williams went. He is mobile enough to play 5 tech but strong enough to play on interior, which is perfect if the Cardinals revert back to a 3-4 scheme. But he can reduce inside and move guys around on the interior. The cardinals have no stand out dude at defensive tackle so this fills a need also.
7.248 Vikings – LS Austin Cutting F
7.249 Rams – ILB Dakota Allen A – the Rams are awesome. They have solid starters at inside linebacker, but Allen brings a big run stuffing presence and solid athleticism to cover a bit also.
7.250 Pats – CB Ken Webster F
7.251 Washington – DE Jordan Brailford D
7.252 Cardinals – TE Caleb Wilson A – the Cardinals picked up the best tight end in the draft class with the last pick. They have no stand out at tight end either, so Kyler Murray will have a lot of fun throwing to a dramatically improved receiving corps with Wilson and Hakeem Butler in the fold.